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Old 01-06-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Wet Layer of Yeast on Krausen - is this normal

I'm only on my 3rd brew so sorry for all the quesions. It's been a week and a day since i pitched brewed and pitched my yeast (made a starter from a vial of liquid) into a smoked porter. White foamy krausen rose up and started to settle which was great but now there is a layer of wet, gooey yeast floating on top that does not seem to be going away. Is this a normal occurance? I've tried to do some searches but haven't been able to find anything.

I'm not so much worried as i most likely wont touch it for another 2 weeks but rather curious as this is not what the krausen looked like on my last 2 batches.

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Old 01-06-2010, 04:02 PM   #2
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show us some pictures.

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Old 01-06-2010, 04:21 PM   #3
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I will be able to post them later tonight

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Old 01-06-2010, 04:43 PM   #4
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sounds normal. give it a little shake and I bet the yeast will start to drop to the bottom. Do not bottle until you have given it plenty of time to settle out

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Old 01-06-2010, 10:42 PM   #5
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I'll try giving it a shake. In the mean time, here are some pics...

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Old 01-06-2010, 10:48 PM   #6
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that looks identical to the layer i had on my dubbel using wyeast trappist high gravity yeast. Took it like 3 weeks to start to fall out, even when i bottled some of it was still left on top but the beer turned out great. I would be willing to bet that your beer will turn out fine too.

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looks like normal "top fermenting" yeast to me.

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Old 01-06-2010, 11:24 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, good to know. I'll let you know how it comes out...should i wait for it to fall before taking any gravity readings, racking to secondary or bottling bucket?

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let it fall in. by then you should be at your FG. but check to be sure.

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Old 01-07-2010, 01:41 AM   #10
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Nothing to worry about! RDWHAHB! That is perfecty normal despite not happening during every ferment. All yeasts are different as you will learn in your brewing journey. They all ferment differently from the next. Looks like your fermentation is going strong!

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